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The official statement is from Nature’s Variety.

Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of their Instinct® Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.


Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.


Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has the symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.


The affected products are limited to the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets packaged in the following forms:

  • UPC# 769949611431 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611448 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611486 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.; Best By 04/27/16

The “Best By” date is located on the back of the package below the seal. The affected product was distributed through retail stores in the United States and limited distribution in Canada. No other Nature’s Variety products are affected.


No illnesses have been reported to date. Even though no illnesses have been reported, consumers should follow the Simple Handling Tips published on the Nature’s Variety package when disposing of the affected product.

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving notification from the FDA that a routine surveillance sample of seven pound Instinct Raw Chicken Bites for dogs tested positive for Salmonella.


Consumers feeding the affected product should discontinue use and monitor their pet’s health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns. Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.


Consumers with additional questions can call our Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 from 8 am to 7 pm Central time, 7 days a week during the recall. Or, consumers can email Nature’s Variety directly viacservice@naturesvariety.com.

 

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The latest recall is from the FDA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 20, 2015 – Windsor, CO – The Natural Dog Company, Inc. of Windsor, CO, is recalling its 12oz bags of 12″ Tremenda Sticks pet chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonellacan affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The recalled 12″ Tremenda Sticks were distributed to retail stores in CA, CO, FL, IL, MO MT, NC, OH UT and WA.

The recalled product comes in a 12oz bag without a lot number or expiration date with UPC number: 851265004957. Products with new packaging, which includes both a lot number and expiration date but the same UPC are not affected by this recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after a Colorado Department of Agriculture inspection of the product revealed the presence of Salmonella in a sample taken from a 12oz package of 12″ Tremenda Sticks.

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 12oz packages of 12″ Tremenda Sticks should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-424-4602 – Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm MST.

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Your Pet Can Become a NorthStar VETS “SuperHero” this 4th of July!

blood bank super hero Photo Credit: NorthStar VETS

 

The 4th of July, a highly-festive, patriotic holiday thanking our country’s heroes who fought for our freedom… what does it mean to you, and how do you celebrate?

As a professional pet sitter, most of my holidays are spent providing care for beloved pets in the absence of their families.  In addition to essential needs and affection, some pets require medical care, for others it’s playtime and exercise, but many furry babies require care with a heightened level of patience, understanding, creativity, calmness and compassion to help cope with anxiety. On the 4th of July, often times anxiety is exacerbated by an extreme hypersensitivity to the sound, vibrations and an uncontrolled sensation of never-ending explosions of firecrackers and fireworks.  And I celebrate with my furry friends feeling like their hero!

The highest incidence of lost pets each year is during the 4th of July holiday, leading to injury and illness.  In addition to easy access to open doors, food, alcohol, toxic items in guests’ handbags and left around by children, in a panic, a pet will do whatever is necessary to escape, often times causing severe injury to themselves.  Many are hit by cars, frantically running the streets seeking quiet and safety.

Your Pet Can Become aSuperHero  and help unfortunate animals this 4th of July and in the future, by becoming a blood donor at NorthStar VETS Blood Bank!  If you are not intrigued, rather, the thought scares you, I had the same reaction until I saw happy, relaxed pets enjoying treats and affection in this video.   I also learned about River’s Story, a dog whose life depended on a blood transfusion, is now a SuperHero helping other pets!

And that prompted me to contact Dr. Kimberly Hammer of NorthStar VETS Blood Bank once again and share this information of how animals help save other animals’ lives… just as we humans participate in blood drives.

“Dr. Hammer is a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist and the supervising veterinarian of the blood bank at NorthStar VETS.  Her responsibilities are to ensure the safety of our donors and recipients by screening new blood donors, monitoring the ongoing health of our blood donors and setting up protocols for the processing and administration of blood products at our hospital.”

In 2015, Dr. Hammer volunteered her time at South Jersey’s 2nd Annual Pet Wellness Symposium, and presented a lecture, “Heroes Come in All Forms – NorthStar VETS’ Blood Bank.”  If you missed it, here is your opportunity to learn about NorthStar VETS All Volunteer Blood Bank… where your pet can become a SuperHero!

Getting started, I simply wanted to learn about its inception.  Whose idea was it to create a blood bank?

“There are few large veterinary blood banks across the country.  Being a large veterinary hospital, we have a need for a constant supply of blood products. Our thought was to create a program that would supply NorthStar VETS’ needs and hopefully have the opportunity to supply area veterinarians with blood products.”

Wondering how pets qualify and are deemed healthy to donate, I asked Dr. Hammer to share the screening process as well as eligibility requirements.

“The screening process includes a questionnaire that looks at a pet’s age, weight, medical conditions, and the ability for the owner to bring their pet in for regular donations.  Once they complete this process, the potential donor undergoes a complete physical examination by a veterinarian and full blood work to evaluate health and screen for certain blood-borne infections.  Once this process is complete, the donor joins the program.

Thinking about the expense of veterinary exams and blood work, Dr. Hammer confirmed there’s NO cost to SuperHeroes!

“Our program is all volunteer.  In fact, our donors get ‘paid’ in the form of free examinations by a veterinarian, free yearly blood work to evaluate their overall health, and lots of treats!”

It may not be every parent’s choice, but I would be comforted greatly being present with my kitty, so just asking this question made me nervous!  Are parents allowed to remain with their pet during the donation process?

“Yes, we allow parents, other pets and donors to be present for the donation.”  

With extreme relief and curiosity, I delved right in wanting to know how long the actual donation process takes and how much blood is donated during each session.

“The actual donation takes about 5-10 minutes. The amount donated is dependent on the size of the dog but ranges from 250-450ml for dogs and 60ml for cats.” 

How many staff are required during the donation?

“It takes two people to perform the donation.”

The videos showed happy doggies getting treats and love, and SuperHero Bob, a Greyhound, fell asleep while making his donation, but I still had to ask if it’s painful to the furry babies.

“The only potentially painful part of donation is the needle stick and most of our donors don’t react.”

Is there a risk to the donor of becoming anemic? 

“We check red blood cell counts prior to each donation to make sure the donation is safe.”

I asked Dr. Hammer if it was only acute injuries and trauma that require blood transfusions, or chronic conditions as well, increasing the need for blood products.

“The types of conditions that we use blood products for are conditions resulting in blood loss (trauma such as hit by a car, bleeding tumors, surgical blood loss), certain types of poisonings (specifically rat poison), diseases of the bone marrow where red blood cells aren’t being made (such as myeloma – cancer of the bone marrow) and immune-mediated diseases where red blood cells are destroyed.

I took a moment to erase the thought of ill and injured babies… and remembered what a wonderful program this is; it saves animals’ lives!  Just as human lives are saved, thanks to blood donors, so are our beloved, precious pets’!   How much blood is typically used during one transfusion?

“The volume needed for a transfusion is dependent on the weight of the patient and how low their red blood cell counts are. It can vary anywhere from a ¼ unit for our smallest patients to 3 units at a time for a very large patient.” 

Given NorthStar VETS is an emergency trauma and specialty center, having a volume of pets being treated with cancer, various ailments, and trauma, how often is the blood utilized?

“We use blood products at least 3-4x weekly and sometimes multiple times per day.”  

Is it a life-or-death situation when a transfusion is required?

“Yes.”

Is there a minimum amount of blood products needed on reserve and ready for use? 

“We keep 6 units of dog blood and 2 units of cat blood on hand.”

You responded previously about 250-450mL of blood is received from each dog during a donation.  I’m trying to figure out how many SuperHeroes would be required to obtain 6 units of dog blood.

“A unit of blood is equal to 450ml, which is almost a pint.  This is how much a human would give during donation.  We keep 6 units of dog blood on hand, so it would take six dog donors to replenish our supplies.”

How long do the blood products last?

“Packed red blood cells (a concentrated red blood cell product where the plasma has been removed) and whole blood are kept in the refrigerator and last anywhere from 30-45 days. Plasma can be kept for up to five years in the freezer.”

Are there different blood types with pets as with people?

“Yes, dogs and cats have their own blood types just like people do, and we have to make sure the blood type of the transfusion is compatible with the blood type of the dog or cat.”

Can human blood be used for animals?

“Since dogs and cats have their own unique blood types, you cannot use human blood.”  

“We are always in need of donors.  We recommend pet owners visit the blood bank page on our web site to learn more about blood donation.  For pet owners who want to take the first step toward having their pet become a NorthStar VETS’ blood bank “SuperHero”, please take the pre-screening survey today.”

I am envisioning beautiful, but silent, fireworks shooting off, for animals have reason to celebrate this 4th of July, with thanks to NorthStar VETS and Dr. Kimberly Hammer! After reviewing this most enlightening information I visited their web site to learn more.  There I found photos of SuperHeroes, read about success stories, and discovered there are additional benefits SuperHeroes receive.  Just a couple are:  

  • Free blood transfusion should your pet ever need one, receiving one unit of blood for every unit donated
  • Discounted services and VIP (Very Important Pet) treatment at NorthStar VETS – including direct access to a NorthStar VETS team member and no waiting when you have an appointment

Because of the 4th of July Holiday having the highest incidence of lost pets and potential for injury, as part of your celebration, please take a moment to visit the blood bank page and Make Your PetSuperHero this 4th of July

Contact information for NorthStar VETS:

Hoping everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday…

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!

Lori, I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC

2015 Pet Sitting Business of the Year Recipient, awarded by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters

http://www.IveGotTheScoop.net

 

 

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A yelCRUNCHY BALL YELLOW ON TOWELlow chemical or substance is bleeding from the foil balls and causing cats’ mouths and gums to turn yellow… but the balls are purple and green; so, what is it?   I can’t seem to find out because no one has returned my calls from the company!!! Has this happened to your kitty?  Did I mention the balls have such an awful taste?

On the day I became a kitty mommy, a little foil crunchy ball also came home with us… and for 12 years, I’ve been purchasing various sizes of crunchy foil balls.  They are one of the very few toys my furry baby has played with… ever!  My fiancé jokes how he uses them to floss, as Simon would eat a few bites then floss, eat a little more and floss his teeth again by crunching.  And that was his routine throughout the day, every day!

Needless to say, there has always been a lot of crunchy balls around my house and plenty of extras in the cabinets when a ball needs to be replaced.

On one occasion, dye from a green ball ran.  From that point forward, as bizarre as this may sound, before giving Simon a new ball, I licked each one as a test… don’t ask me why I didn’t just run it under water; I’m trying to think back if there was a reason for that weirdness!

My kitty has been very ill, but recently showed interest in a new ball… wooohooo!!!  With great excitement, I handed it to Simon, hoping to see him begin crunching away.  But he made a face… and I saw his mouth was yellow.  In disbelief that I hadn’t licked it first… I put it to my mouth and — blech!!!  I still taste that horrible mouthful of — chemicals is only way to describe it!  I flushed my kitty’s mouth and wiped the yellow coloring off of his gums, teeth, tongue and “tried” to swab the roof of his mouth.  If anyone has a suggestion to accomplish that… please do share!

Having read about this some time ago… unfortunately, this happened to another kitty and it underwent numerous tests to determine why his mouth suddenly turned yellow…. thankfully, I was aware and knew exactly what it was.   (And my lick test confirmed it.)   I still can’t rid my mouth of the horrible taste!!!

Please tacrunchy ball frontcrunchy ball backke a look at the photos inserted in this blog and view this video to see exactly what I am describing, sans the yellow mouth!  Remember, don’t panic if your pet’s gums, teeth, mouth, and even their paws suddenly turn yellow… first see if they have a crunchy ball that’s bleeding.  Whether the substance is toxic, I cannot answer that because I am still trying to ascertain what it is…  but will provide that info upon receipt.  If there’s no crunchy ball… I’d call the vet immediately, and internally, I, too, would be panicking!!!

Product Info:

  • Manufacturer:  Go!CatGo! Interactive Toys

  • Sku #:   780824116827

  • Tele No:  (800) 565-2695

  • Web Product Info:site:  http://www.ourpets.com

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!

Lori
I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC
2015 Pet Sitting Business of the Year, Recipient – Awarded by NAPPS

www.IveGotTheScoop.net

 

 

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The following recall information can also be found here.

Himalayan Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of specific Ruff Roots All-Natural Dog Chew Toys due to potential metal contamination. While this recall affects all lots of the Ruff Roots Dog Chew Toys sold by PetSmart, no other Himalayan Corporation products are impacted by this issue.

 

Description

UPC

LOT

Himalayan Ruff Roots All Natural 4″ Sprout Dog Chew Toy

85301200439

All

Himalayan Ruff Roots All Natural 5″ Stump Dog Chew Toy

85301200440

All

Himalayan Ruff Roots All Natural 7″ Stalk Dog Chew Toy

85301200441

All

If you are concerned about your pet’s health, please contact a veterinarian immediately.

Please stop using any affected product immediately and bring it to your closest PetSmart store for a full refund. If you have any questions about this voluntary recall, please call the Himalayan Corporation at 425-322-4295 or email info@himalayandogchew.com.

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Below is the official FDA report on the latest pet food recall.  You can also find it here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 15, 2015 — Ranch Santa Margarita, CA — OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is voluntarily recalling 2055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  An organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.  Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animals have consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

This voluntary recall is limited to Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulations that were packaged into 6.5 lb. Doggie Dozen Patties and 5 lb. Bulk Bags with the lot number 1511 and use by date of 10/8/15.  These products were distributed in Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Colorado and sold to consumers through independent pet specialty retailers.

This recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the Nebraska Department of Food and Agriculture which revealed a presumptive positive to Salmonella.

OC Raw Dog has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

We will be making several changes to our methods of production in order to further protect the product we so firmly believe in.

If you are in possession of this recalled product please submit a picture of the package with the lot number to Olivia@ocrawdog.com for verification of product in the marketplace.  Please return the product to the retailer where you purchased for a full refund or replacement product.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-215-DOGS (3647) Monday thru Friday 9am – 5pm PST.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

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All pet sitters want to build a healthy and successful business. But as your sitting business grows, so does the stress of managing your expanding client list, schedule and income stream.
The act of putting best practices in place to help you manage your growth sounds like both a daunting and tedious task. But the truth is it’s not. There are simple tips to follow and free technology available to make the act of building a successful and scalable pet sitting business a breeze.
Your Client List
To provide the quickest and highest quality service to prospective clients, you need to know who your client is, how to reach them, and what their needs are.
Keeping all this information in a single location will pay large dividends as your customer base grows. Mobile tools these days allow you to keep all your client contact information, notes, transaction history, and payment statuses in an easily-accessible spot. Client data and access to information in the most convenient way possible will save you a tremendous amount of time, especially as your days start filling up with more and more pet visits.
Schedule & Appointments
The days of pen and paper scheduling are over!
Keep an organized daily, weekly, and monthly calendar in place that’s easily accessible and able to be updated on the fly. Appointment details constantly change, so give yourself a digital tool that allows for easy edits and updates. Not to mention, new clients reach out to you at random times throughout the course of the day, so put convenient systems in place to efficiently field these appointment requests and add them to your calendar without having to play phone tag.
Make sure your clients stay organized too! That means automating and customizing notifications and reminders sent to clients about upcoming sits or sessions. This will ensure your clients are always on the same page, and will ‘professional and politely’ remind them of upcoming appointments with you, so you’re never left hanging.
Payments
Everyone likes getting paid. The trick is to ensure no payment ever slips through the cracks.
Protect yourself before walking into any sit. Ask clients to put their card down to reserve appointments ahead of time. This will not only reduce flaky clients and last minute cancellations, but will professionally demonstrate to your clients that your time is valuable. Not mention, your entire payment process is streamlined once your appointment is complete – say farewell to those awkward “How much do I owe you?” conversations…Simply charge your clients as you’re walking out the door, and move on to your next appointment.

If you still prefer to invoice, then make sure no invoices are ever left hanging. Part of this is setting up a simple monitoring system to enable you to get notified with each invoice that has been paid. Then give yourself an easy dashboard to keep yourself up to date on any invoices still outstanding. This will also give you a sense as to who your best clients are (and even who your worst ones are).
Putting these Practices into Reality
The question now becomes how to implement these tips in the easiest and least disruptive way possible.
Good news! There are now tools out there that help solo professionals run their business from their phone. The key is to find the tools that are simple, that are affordable, and that move with you wherever you go – mobile. The more a single app does, the easier your life becomes.
As you start growing and winning more business, you’ll be able to bring these clients on in the most efficient way possible, maintaining your ability to serve them well – all the while making your day-to-day a lot less stressful.

More about the author:

Sam Madden: Sam Madden is the co-founder of PocketSuite, the first mobile business tool for independent professionals and solopreneurs. Sam spent most of his career researching and investing in business technology for small and medium sized businesses. He has since shifted all of his focus to build great technologies like PocketSuite to help eager and independent professionals succeed. You can read more about Sam’s mission on Entrepreneur Magazine.

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Event:     South Jerseys 2nd Annual Pet Wellness Symposium

Date:       April 18, 2015

Location:   Palmyra Community Center; 30 W. Broad St., Palmyra, NJ 08065

Organizer / Host: Lori Genstein, I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC

Number of Attendees: 100 (Approximate)

Purpose:   Fundraiser & Educational Pet Wellness Symposium – Annual Community Event

Goal: Veterinarians and pet experts present lectures and spend the afternoon with pet parents, professionals and animal lovers, raising awareness to the benefits of wellness and holistic care, natural therapeutic options, appropriate nutrition and less-invasive methods of treatment to enhance animals’ health and well-being.

Lectures Topics: Animal CPR, Food is the Foundation for Life – Treating Illness with Food not Medicine, Vaccination Protocols, Early Disease Recognition, Regenerative Medicine – Stem Cell Therapy, Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Cat Behavior and Myths, Bond with your Dog, Blood Bank for Animals, All About Furry Angel Therapy Dogs, and more! For a list of Presenters and Lecture Descriptions visit: www.ivegotthescoop.net/PRESENTERS.html   Learn techniques to restore harmony and balance to an animal’s energy system while providing physical, emotional, mental and instinctual stability. Tri-Boro CERT will explain how to become a volunteer trained in Emergency Mgt.

Childrens Activities: Community service project – Toy Workshops, Friends of Burlington County Animal Shelter! Great fun making environmentally-friendly dog and cat toys benefitting FOBCAS.

Paws to Read Program – Interacting with and Reading to the Furry Angels Therapy Dogs

Bite Prevention Class How to Greet Dogs and Act Appropriately Around Dogs.

Recipient of Donations:

Boo Tiki Fund – a 501 (C) (3) non-profit charity providing veterinary care for pets at risk of euthanasia or being relinquished to a shelter due to a family’s inability to pay for their care; striving to keep pets in their forever homes. www.housepawsmobilevet.com/foundation

Meet Friends of Burlington County Animal Shelter – learn all they do for the animals at BCAS!

We’ll be collecting most-needed items from the Burlington County Animal Shelter’s kitty wish list.

Swag bags full of giveaways from our generous sponsors and presenters. Complimentary lunch, Raffles, 50/50 & More! See our Sponsors at: www.ivegotthescoop.net/sponsors.html

Visit our Symposium web page: www.ivegotthescoop.net/2015-symposium.html

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SJPetWellnessSymposium2015

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